Each year the Power Institute offers the Cité International des Arts Residency to Australian artists, art scholars and art writers. Situated in the Marais quarter of Paris, the Cité International des Arts Residency provides studio accommodation for selected artists and writers, who are given dedicated time to work on their projects. We congratulate the winners of the 2016 Cité Residency and look forward to seeing their works develop in the next year.



Zanny is an artist who plans to work on an experimental and collaborative film project with Elise McLeod, a childhood friend who is now an Australian film and theatre director based in Paris. The film, entitled Ne Jamais Travailler, will focus on long-term unemployed youth in the outer suburbs in Paris. The title draws from a famous piece of graffiti scrawled by Guy Debord, encapsulating the 1960s upheaval and revolt against the bourgeois norms of education, family and job stability. Zanny and Elise’s film will explore ‘precarity through the eyes of a generation’—a generation for whom unemployment and the prospect of never working has become the norm.



Ivan is a PhD student of the Art History and Film Studies Department at the University of Sydney. Ivan plans to visit and research the extensive post-war French documentary film archives held at the Cinémathèque Française, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France and the Archives Françaises du Film (Bois-d’Arcy). The archives will be invaluable to Ivan’s dissertation, titled ‘The Economics, Politics and Poetics of Documentary Film in the French Fourth Republic, 1946–1958’.



Aleks is an artist who is interested in performance art and the concept of what constitutes the ‘body as site’. His proposed project responds to Tom McCarthy’s Remainder: ‘Not act: just do. Enact. Re-enact. Aleks intends to visit sites frequented by the Surrealists, such as Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, Marché aux Puces de Saint-Ouen, Café Cyrano, and Le Désert de Retz, activating them with small performative gestures and life performances. The project is intrinsically particular to Paris for its specific connections to the history and philosophical thought of Surrealism.



Cassi is an art curator and writer, who has previously worked as an ABC radio presenter and producer. Cassi intends to co-produce a film and exhibition about the Czech-born, Paris-based artist Karel Kupka. Kupka worked closely with Aboriginal artists in Arnhem Land in the 1950s, extending the awareness of Aboriginal bark painting in Europe and Australia. Cassi will research and translate papers and articles relating to Kupka and explore the extensive bark painting collections held by the Musée du quai Branly and other research repositories in Paris.


The Power Institute would like to thank everyone who submitted their application, and encourage you to keep an eye out for future residency opportunities. Stay connected with the Power Institute by liking us on Facebook and following us on Twitter. You’ll be the first to hear about upcoming offers.